During a dinner party last weekend with some friends, I threw together this quick and easy apple dessert. It was a big hit – and a great way to enjoy fruit that’s in season!
Mmmmm…close to apple pie a la mode, but without the guilt!
With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this delicious and (mostly) healthy treat around your home in no time.
Makes ~6 servings
–Cut up 5 apples into slices (I used organic Gala apples)
–Place apple slices in an 8 x 8 baking dish
–Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and pour over apple slices
–Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon (to your liking)
–Sprinkle with pecans (if desired)
–Cover loosely with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes
Apple Pie without the crust!
–Serve in small bowls and top with vanilla yogurt for a healthy choice, or vanilla ice cream for a more decadent option. You can’t go wrong either way!
Note: I didn’t have any in my kitchen at the time, but I think raisins would make a great addition to this yummy combination!
Don’t you think apples are such a wonderful fall crop? What are some of your favorite apple recipes? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
My latest furniture re-do started out like this:
And now looks like this:
This darling chair was an estate sale find and cost me $10. I loved the sweet little frame, the wood structure was sturdy, and I couldn’t pass up the price. I have a thing for chairs.
I had originally planned on simply adding some foam and recovering the seat, but when my 3 year old got involved in the project, those plans quickly changed.
You see, his favorite color is red.
Enter Exhibit A: Mommy’s Favorite Chair in the living room that was next on the roster for re-upholstering, and happened to be….red.
When my son learned of my plans to recover the chair, he had a brainstorm. He asked me if I could find a chair for him, paint it red, and use the fabric from my red chair to re-cover it. Yes, this was an actual conversation that I had with my 3 year old about interior design.
Enter Exhibit B: Little antique chair in need of some TLC.
Since I opted for spray paint instead of chalk paint, I sanded the chair with 150 grit sandpaper after disassembling the seat.
I also taped off the bottom of the feet and used my Q-tip technique to protect the screw holes from filling with paint.
Welcome to my new home office! I’ve made lots of changes to this space recently and I’m so excited to share all of it with you!
Today’s focus is my just-completed gallery wall:
I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’ve included a full tutorial just for you!
First, I eyeballed how much space I wanted for the gallery, and quickly slapped some painter’s tape on the wall to mark it.
I measured the space after the painter’s tape was up on the wall.
There were a few hiccups I had to sort out along the way. Like the fact that my wall does not exactly meet the ceiling at a straight line in my 1960’s bungalow.
See this lovely gate? It’s a fake. It doesn’t actually open. But this faux gate is much more than just a pretty face.
Last summer we woke up nearly every morning to large and numerous holes throughout our entire yard. Shrubs and flowers were dug up and cast aside. Dangerous dips in our yard became rampant.
We were unsettled every night at bedtime, and even more so each morning as we surveyed new damage. We had no idea what was causing it.
Until early one morning, around 6 am, I saw an armadillo enter into a large gap in the fence line at the back of our yard. Ah-ha!
Hotel Armadillo entrance.
Our back fence line was comprised of two fences of our back neighbors.
Where the fences “meet” in the middle, there is a large corridor roughly 18 inches wide and 30 feet long, with openings on both ends: one to our property, and one to the property line of the two neighbors behind us.
We soon learned that this dark and damp sanctuary served as a literal breeding ground for armadillos! Continue reading
Dried hydrangeas are a long-lasting and beautiful alternative to silk flowers. In this post, I’ll give you the step-by-step process I use to enjoy them Around My Home.
–Start with fresh hydrangeas. I can’t believe how many people told me I couldn’t grow hydrangeas in Austin, yet I’ve been enjoying them in my garden for three seasons now.
–Cut the stems at an angle and place them in a vase filled with enough water to cover ~1/3 of the stems. Consider removing the leaves because they don’t look very pretty when dried.
Love these pink beauties from my garden.
–Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and heat.
–Allow the water in the vase to evaporate over the course of a few days.
–Do not refill or refresh the water.
–Once the water is evaporated, let the hydrangeas remain in the same vase until the flowers have dried completely. Do not hang them upside down, which does not work well for hydrangeas.
I absolutely love roses. These Julia Child roses blooming in my garden are beautiful and smell delicious. I love walking outside when they are in full bloom because the entire yard is perfumed by their delightful scent.
Roses are not hard to care for, but they do have some specific growing requirements.
One of the most beneficial things you can do to promote flowering for your roses is knowing when and how to prune them.
Since posting the original version of this article, I’ve discovered two must-have tools for the mosquito-fighting arsenal Around My Home.
The first is the lantern you see on the left. It emits odorless butane to repel mosquitoes in an area of ~200 square feet and has the added feature of an actual light for night-time use.
I purchased several of these lanterns at The Home Depot and they are perfect for outdoor gatherings – one on each table and you have both function and decoration!
The second item is the Alba Lavender Sunscreen on the far right. I’ve tried other brands and scents, but this one really seems to repel mosquitoes effectively for me. I apply the emollient lotion to exposed areas of skin before venturing outside and am usually able to survive dusk without a bite.
The information contained in the original article is all still relevant, so I’ve pasted it in its entirety below.
Hopefully this quick post will give you some new ways to gain relief from mosquitoes this summer!